I was surprised how much I liked reading Absolutely, Positively. The heroine is fun, her shenanigans are entertaining but never too ridiculous, and her humorous, practical sensibility kept the book from becoming overly serious and weighty. However, the sheer number of characters, plot lines, and relationship developments (both personal and business) made the book less enjoyable than it could have been.
Lucy Valentine’s business at Lost Loves has been booming, as her ability has been made known to the public. She may not have the family power to see auras and match up soul mates, but she does have the ability to reunite people with their missing loved ones by using objects that connect the people together. Her relationship with Sean Donahue is going too well, which worries her, since the entire Valentine family has the notorious Cupid’s Curse on their collective head, and none of their romantic relationships have ever stood the test of time. She knows her relationship with Sean goes way beyond anything any Valentine has experienced, but she’s loath to move the relationship to the next level, as she’s convinced that will only hasten the end.
Meanwhile, she has a bunch of cases to solve, including a girl who lost her sweetheart when they were separated in the foster care system, a wealthy man who has suddenly disappeared, and a man nicknamed “The Lone Ranger” who’s been going around Boston tossing thousands of dollars in the air for people to catch.
This is the third book in the series, so it hits the ground running and doesn’t ever lag. The plots themselves are relatively simple, but Lucy is the sort of friendly, well-intentioned but goofy heroine who has a thousand friends that complicate her life in the best way – but also confuse the reader who hasn’t read the first few books. While I liked everyone very much, it was a little difficult to feel any sort of connection to them because there were just so many people involved, and there were also a lot of cases to solve. Also, the mysteries are light and aren’t really meant to be cross-examined. There is some romantic development between Sean and Lucy, but this is clearly on the backburner and I wonder if there will be any huge epiphanies in the near future.
Absolutely, Positively is definitely an easily enjoyable whirlwind. The over-abundance of elements left me a little disoriented, but I left the story feeling amused and interested in what happens to Lucy in the future. I’d have liked a little more personal development in the story, so I’ll be looking out for that in the next installment.